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The best Brooklyn events this winter! • Brooklyn Paper

The best Brooklyn events this winter!

Royal row: Marie Mullen, left, stars as Mags in the black comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” opening at BAM on Jan. 11.
Stephen Cummiskey

The weather outside is still frightful, but there is a lot to look forward to between now and the start of spring! So don’t just huddle by the fire — buy your tickets now for some of the best events happening this winter in Brooklyn:

‘The Tempest’

The Donmar Warehouse returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse with the third and final installment of its all-female Shakespeare productions set inside a women’s prison. In “The Tempest,” captivating actress Harriet Walter will take on the role of Prospero, a wizard exiled to a magical island.

St. Ann’s Warehouse [45 Water St. at Old Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 254–8779, www.stannswarehouse.org]. Jan. 13–Feb 19 at 7:30 pm. $26–$66.

‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

Start the year with this blistering black comedy about a bickering mother and daughter in a tiny Irish town. The production stars Marie Mullen, who won a Tony for originating the role of daughter Maureen 20 years ago, now taking on the role of mother Mags.

BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. Jan. 11–Feb. 5 at various times. $25–$95.

Donut Fest

The city’s finest fried dough purveyors present their best crullers, fritters, bear claws, and other creations for your consideration. Taste them all and then vote for your favorite.

The Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.donutfest.com/nyc]. Jan. 21 at 8 am, 10 am, and noon. $35–$50

Lunar New Year Celebration

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s beloved annual Lunar New Year show at Brooklyn College, featuring dancers, acrobats, and traditional music.

Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College [2925 Avenue H at Campus Road in Midwood, (718) 951–4500, www.brooklyncenter.com]. Jan. 22 at 3 pm. $25.

‘Contact!’ concert

Musicians from the New York Philharmonic celebrate the works of composers who have lived in the Big Apple, including Elliot Carter, David Lang, and Zosha di Castri.

National Sawdust [80 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (646) 779-8455, www.nationalsawdust.org]. Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm. $29–$34.

‘Sincerely, L. Cohen’

A stellar lineup of artists celebrate the music of the recently departed folk icon Leonard Cohen, with performances from Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil, and Lucy Wainwright Roche, among others.

The Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–5400, www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com]. Jan. 24 at 8 pm. $25 ($22 in advance).

BAM Kids Film Festival

The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual festival of short films for short humans with short attention spans. The movies are grouped by type, which this year includes individuality, friendship, and family.

BAM Rose Cinemas [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. Jan. 28–29 at various times. $14 adults ($10 kids 13 and under).

Radio Love Fest

Every year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and WNYC celebrate the art of radio by… putting on live stage shows. This year’s festival includes Ira Glass hosting a contemporary dance performance, the former Obama staffers who host the podcast “Keepin’ it 1600,” and storytelling shows “Snap Judgement” and “The Moth.”

Various Brooklyn Academy of Music locations (www.bam.org), Feb. 8–11 at various times. $35 per show.

Head for the hills: Georgia O’Keeffe’s oil painting “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock–Hills” will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum as part of a retrospective on her life and her work, opening March 3.
Brooklyn Museum

Ladies Night R&B Super Jam

Set phasers to “swoon” — rhythm & blues icons from the ’80s through the aughts bring their smooth sounds to Barclays Center, with a lineup including Brian McKnight, Eric Benet, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Mario Winans, and Big Daddy Kane.

Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.barclayscenter.com]. Feb. 9 at 8 pm. $65–$265.

Patti LaBelle

Let the acclaimed “Lady Marmalade” songstress serenade your sweetheart on Valentine’s weekend.

Kings Theatre [1027 Flatbush Ave. between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place in Flatbush, (718) 856–5464, www.kingstheatre.com]. Feb. 11 at 8 pm. $105–$131.

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Theater for a New Audience is doing the famous Thornton Wilder play that isn’t “Our Town” — yes, it’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” the Pulitzer-winning comedy that tells the history of mankind through the lives of one modern family. The play first opened on Broadway in 1942, but hasn’t been staged in New York since 1998.

Polonsky Shakespeare Center [262 Ashland Pl. between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (212) 229–2819, www.tfana.org]. Feb. 12–March 9. Various times.

‘Out of this World’ circus

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has retired its elephants to a nice farm upstate — but don’t worry, this year’s space-themed show still has lions, tigers, donkeys, alpacas, llamas, pigs, dogs, and kangaroos.

Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.barclayscenter.com]. Feb 23–March 2 at various times. $15–$80.

Lonnie Smith

The Doctor is coming for an organ operation! Legendary Hammond B3 player Lonnie Smith is bringing his soulful brand of jazz and funk to Long Island University.

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University [1 University Pl. between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street Downtown, www.kumbletheater.org]. Feb. 25 at 8 pm. $35.

Georgia O’Keeffe: ‘Living Modern’

The Brooklyn Museum salutes the mother of American modernism — whose first-ever exhibit was at the museum in 1927 — with an exhibit of not only her paintings, but also items of her clothing and photos of her homes by artists including Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Andy Warhol.

Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org]. March 3–July 23. $16 suggested admission.

Green Day, Against Me!

Middle-aged punk band Green Day sings songs about teen angst, supported by the edgier, younger Against Me!

Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.barclayscenter.com]. March 15 at 8 pm. $45–$65.

Kneehigh Theatre Co. at St. Ann’s

British theater company Kneehigh Theatre uses music, puppetry, and dance to tell the true story of the ill-fated rehearsal of the Normandy invasion that the Allies staged on the shores of a sleepy English seaside town during World War II in “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.” The real event ended badly, to say the least, but this is supposed to be a rollicking kid-friendly show.

St. Ann’s Warehouse [45 Water St. at Old Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 834–8794, www.stannswarehouse.org]. March 16–April 9 at various times. $36–$71.

Coffee and Tea Festival

Get buzzed on coffee and tea from more than 60 vendors at this annual carnival of caffeinated beverages. Don’t miss the Latte Art Throwdown, where baristas compete to pour the best fancy milk foam.

Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St. at Franklin Street in Greenpoint, www.coffeeandteafestival.com/nyc). March 18, 10 am–5 pm and March 19, 10 am–4 pm. $15–$35.

Orange you glad it’s not 2016?: Dragon dancers will welcome the Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Center on Jan. 22.
Carol Rosegg

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